Buck Mountain Trail

HARD 328 reviews
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Buck Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pilot Knob, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so car should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

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2 days ago

5 days ago

Beautiful day we could see about 60 miles clear to Albany and the high peaks as well as Vermont

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5 days ago

All you could ask for in a great hike: Scenery, challenging terrain, amazing views throughout and the reward at the summit does not disappoint.

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12 days ago

Beautiful spot, especially in the fall.

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16 days ago

Our go-to training hike for the High Peaks. Good day and not wet, although there was evidence of heavy runoff on trail. Fall colors were muted.

19 days ago

A lot of rocks and hills but the view at the top is totally worth it!! I recommend it!

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20 days ago

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25 days ago

The trail was beautiful! So many different colored leaves and nice weather. I did this hike for my Sunday Funday and it took about 4 hours total. Challenging enough I took a nice nap at the top too haha. Worth the view! Would definitely recommend.

26 days ago

Great hike. Easy at first then more and more challenging. Nice views at the top. Took us 3 hours (we are slow)

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26 days ago

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27 days ago

Beautiful day and beautiful views! You think you’ve reached the top but after a slight rest, keep going! I would rate this moderate and not hard. There was only a couple of difficult points but pretty steady.

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27 days ago

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27 days ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views all around the summit. I would rate this as moderate, not hard. Does get steep for the last 1/2 mile, but not technical at all. I highly recommend this if in the Lake George area.

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